Etymology
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critique (n.)

"critical examination or review of the merits of something," 1702, restored French spelling of 17c. critick "art of criticism" (see critic), ultimately from Greek kritikē tekhnē "the critical art." As a verb, "to write or deliver a critique," 1751. Related: Critiqued; critiquing.

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technical (adj.)

1610s, "skilled in a particular art or subject," formed in English from technic + -al (1), or in part from Greek tekhnikos "of art; systematic," in reference to persons "skillful, artistic," from tekhnē "art, skill, craft" (see techno-).

The sense narrowed to "having to do with the mechanical arts" (1727). Basketball technical foul (one which does not involve contact between opponents) is recorded from 1934. Boxing technical knock-out (one in which the loser is not knocked out) is recorded from 1921; abbreviation TKO is from 1940s. Technical difficulty is from 1805.

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origami (n.)

Japanese art of folding paper into intricate designs, 1956, from Japanese origami, from ori "fold" + kami "paper."

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astronautics (n.)
"the art of traveling in outer space," 1929; see astronaut + -ics.
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hermeneutics (n.)
"art of interpretation, the study of exegesis," 1737, from hermeneutic; also see -ics.
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photomontage (n.)

"use of photographs or photographic negatives to make art or illustration," 1931, from photo + montage.

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cosmetic (n.)

c. 1600, "the art of beautifying, art of anointing or decorating the human body," from Latinized form of Greek kosmetike (tekhnē) "the art of dress and ornament," from fem. of kosmetikos "skilled in adornment or arrangement," from kosmein "to arrange, adorn," from kosmos "order; ornament" (see cosmos). The adjective is feminine because tekhne is a feminine noun.

Meaning "a preparation for beautifying, preparation that renders the n soft and pure or improves the complexion" (originally also the hair) is attested from 1640s. Related: Cosmetics.

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tae kwon do 
1967, from Korean, said to represent tae "kick" + kwon "fist" + do "art, way, method."
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historiography (n.)
"the art of writing history," 1560s, from historio- (see historico-) + -graphy. Related: Historiographer (1530s); historiographic.
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accountancy (n.)
"the art of the accountant," 1848, from accountant + abstract noun suffix -cy. Accountantship is attested by 1818.
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